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Information on Louisiana Black Bear Recovery Efforts to be Presented at Dec. 9 Public Meeting

Release Date: 11/30/2011

Nov. 30, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host a public meeting on Friday, Dec. 9 in Morganza to provide an update on Louisiana Black Bear recovery efforts and research.

The meeting will be held at the Point Coupee Communications Center, 7011 Mitchell Lane in Morganza and will begin at 6 p.m.

In addition, department personnel will provide landowners and hunting clubs with information regarding hunting in areas occupied by bears.  The Louisiana Black Bear was listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1992 as a threatened species.LDWF began a population dynamics study in 2006 and has results for the Tensas Parish and Pointe Coupee Parish subpopulations.

For more information, contact Maria Davidson at 337-948-0255 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. Visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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Know the Difference: White Bass and Hybrid Striper

Release Date: 11/29/2011

(Nov. 29, 2011) –Many anglers have a difficult time distinguishing the differences amongst the true bass family. Striped bass, white bass and yellow bass all have stripes and look fairly similar when they’re the same size. Many of Louisiana’s lakes also have a hybrid between a white bass and a striper, which shares characteristics of both species. 

The hybrid species was recently stocked in the Calcasieu River and is similar in appearance, size and behavior to the native white bass.  

Harvest regulations differ for each species, so anglers should have a clear understanding of the identification differences in the fish and harvest regulations.  Even with the best intentions, it is easy to go over the limit if the fish is improperly identified.   Louisiana regulations allow for the harvest of 50 white bass per day but only five hybrid stripers per day. 

The key identifying characteristics of the hybrid striper and white bass and how you can tell the difference between these two species of fish can be referenced on the attached chart. (click here)  Anglers who are unsure of which species they have caught can bring the fish to an LDWF district office for a positive identification. 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For media inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-5113.

 

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Amended Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 11/28/2011

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, December 1, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of November 3, 2011

3.Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/November

5. Presentation of Maritime Safety and Security Video

6. To hear presentation on Plan for Utilization of Projected Fund Balance in the Artificial Reef Program

7. To consider Notice of Intent to Establish a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

8.To consider Notice of Intent to Establish Reporting Requirements for Recreationally Harvested Yellowfin Tuna

9. To consider Declaration of Emergency to close Shrimping in Portions of State Outside Waters

10. Set April 2012 Meeting Date

11. Receive Public Comments

12. Executive Session to Discuss Prospective Litigation relative to return of Artificial Reef Fund Monies

13. Adjournment

 

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Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 11/22/2011

November 22, 2011 – On Tuesday, November 29, at 10:00 a.m., the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in the Louisiana Room. 

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

I. Call to order

II. Roll Call

III. Discussion on TED regulations, Michael Barnett, NOAA

IV. Louisiana Wild Caught Seafood Certification Program Overview

V. Shrimp Management Update, Marty Bourgeois, LDWF

VI. Set next meeting

VII. Closing Remarks

VIII. Adjourn         

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

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Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 11/22/2011

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at  9:30 AM on Thursday, December 1, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:                          

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of November 3, 2011

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/November

5. Presentation of Maritime Safety and Security Video

6. To hear presentation on Plan for Utilization of Projected Fund Balance in the Artificial Reef Program

7. To consider Notice of Intent to Establish a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

8. To consider Notice of Intent to Establish Reporting Requirements for Recreationally Harvested Yellowfin Tuna

9. To consider Notice of Intent to Establish Procedures for a Vessel Monitoring System to be used by Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permittees

10. To consider Declaration of Emergency to close Shrimping in Portions of State Outside Waters

11. Set April 2012 Meeting Date

12. Receive Public Comments

13. Adjournment

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Corps of Engineers Announces Temporary Closure of Sellers Canal at Highway 90

Release Date: 11/18/2011

Corps of Engineers Announces Temporary Closure of Sellers Canal at Highway 90

Nov. 17, 2011 – Due to ongoing construction of a sector gate across Bayou Verret, the Pier 90 boat launch at Sellers Canal and Highway 90 is closed until January 2012.  The closure is necessary to ensure public safety during construction. Recreational boaters may use Bayou Segnette as an alternate access to Lake Cataouatche.

The Western Tie-In (WTI), part of the West Bank and Vicinity portion of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System, consists of approximately 4.5 miles of levees and floodwalls along the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion Canal and Outer Cataouatche Canal, as well as a navigable closure structure across Bayou Verret, an elevated crossing at Hwy 90, two railroad gates and a second highway crossing that ties into the Mississippi River Levee.

The structural features reduce the risk associated with a storm surge event that has a one percent chance of occurring in any given year. The total construction value of the WTI project is an estimated $140 million.

For more information, contact Rene Poche at 504-862-1767 or Rene.G.Poche@usace.army.mil.

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Louisiana Becomes First State to Adopt National Boat Training Curriculum for Marine Law Enforcement Officers

Release Date: 11/18/2011

Louisiana Becomes First State to Adopt National Boat Training Curriculum for Marine Law Enforcement Officers
Louisiana Becomes First State to Adopt National Boat Training Curriculum for Marine Law Enforcement Officers

November 18, 2011 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) became the first agency in the United States to receive both state and national accreditation in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) program.

According to NASBLA.org, the BOAT program establishes a national standard for the training and qualification of maritime law enforcement and rescue personnel.  Adoption and implementation of the BOAT program provides a true national standard for the purpose of maritime interoperability at the federal, state and local levels.  Standardization ensures maritime agencies can interact together and will bolster their ability to act as force multipliers nationwide.

"Agencies who choose to adopt this national standard of training can assure their ability to conduct missions on our nation’s waterways safely and effectively and operate seamlessly with their federal, state and local partners on the water," said John Fetterman, NASBLA's Director of Law Enforcement.

On Sept. 1, at NASBLA's Annual Conference in Milwaukee, LDWF was recognized as the first agency to receive national accreditation in the BOAT program.  On Nov. 17, the Louisiana Peace Officers Standard and Training (POST) Council accepted the NASBLA training curriculum in the BOAT program.  This action makes Louisiana the first state to adopt the BOAT program for all its marine law enforcement patrol officers.

The Louisiana POST Council is responsible for developing and evaluating the curriculum of mandatory basic training courses for municipal officers, deputy sheriffs, state police, LDWF agents and all other persons commissioned as peace officers defined by state law.

"Our goal was to be the first agency accredited with this new standard of training in the marine environment.  We now shift our focus to training other law enforcement agencies so that we are all on the same page when it comes to securing the maritime domain and providing safety on the waterways," said LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the state's Boating Law Administrator.

Through their partnership with NASBLA, LDWF will also offer BOAT program training courses for other state law enforcement entities in the near future.  To help shape the course, LDWF is asking for feedback from the law enforcement community; specifically how many of their marine patrol officers need the training and what part of the BOAT program they are interested in taking.  To offer feedback, please email Lt. Spencer Cole at scole@wlf.la.gov.

For more information on the NASBLA BOAT program, please visit www.nasbla.org and then hover over the training tab and click on the BOAT program link.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Men Cited For Fishing Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/17/2011

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two men for alleged recreational fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Nov. 16.

Sgt. Adam Young cited Lee W. Pierce, 38, and Clay W. Mazyck Jr., 42, both of New Orleans, for taking over the daily limit of red drum and spotted sea trout in the Jefferson Lake Diversion in Point a la Hache.

After receiving a complaint and conducting surveillance in the area, Sgt. Young observed the two men actively fishing and then leaving the area.  Sgt. Young stopped them at the boat launch and found them in possession of 99 spotted seatrout and 15 red drum.  The daily limit for spotted sea trout is 25 per person per day, and the daily limit for red drum is 5 fish per person per day.

"This time of year agents spend most of their time in the woods monitoring hunting activity.  However, this case and others like it prove why it is important to continue to have a presence on the water enforcing fishing regulations in the fall and winter months," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.

Taking over the daily limit of red drum and spotted sea trout each carry a maximum fine of $350, or up to 60 days in jail or both plus court costs for each offense.  In addition, both men could be required to pay civil restitution for the illegally taken fish.

All of the fish were seized and donated to charity as per department policy. 

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

St. Bernard Parish Man Cited For Oyster Violations

Release Date: 11/16/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial oyster vessel captain for alleged oyster violations on Nov. 11 in the Hopedale area.

Agents cited Clifford A. Derouen, 44, of Violet, for failing to fill out oyster tags and violating the oyster harvest sanitary code for refrigeration.

Agents received a complaint that a vessel was unloading oysters, which according to vessel logbooks were harvested on Nov. 9.  However, agents found the oysters were tagged as being harvested on Nov. 10.  Agents also determined that the oysters were not put under mechanical refrigeration before midnight of the day they were reported harvested as required.

Violation of the sanitary code for refrigeration carries a $25 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Failing to fill out oyster tags correctly carries a fine up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents returned 60 sacks of oysters to closed waters as per LDWF policy.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Sgt. Michael Garrity, Senior Agent Villere Reggio and Senior Agent Gary Pierce.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Four Louisiana Men Cited for Federal Fisheries Violations

Release Date: 11/15/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited four men on Nov. 11 for alleged fisheries violations in federal waters.

Agents cited Hershel L. Girouard II, 39, of Youngsville, Shane P. Maturin, 30, of New Iberia, Adam J. Leonard Jr., 38, of Bourg, and George A. Venable, 29, of Church Point, for fishing for red snapper during a closed season and possessing over the limit of red snapper.  Girouard, Maturin and Leonard were also cited for failing to keep fish intact.

Agents boarded an offshore supply vessel approximately 70 miles offshore in federal waters.  Agents observed the four subjects fishing off the back deck of the vessel prior to boarding.

Agents seized 28 red snapper and one snowy grouper.  Agents found some of the red snapper with their heads and tails removed and a grouper with its tail removed.

The recreational season for red snapper was open from June 1, 2011 through July 18, 2011.  The daily possession limit for red snapper during the open season is two per person per trip.  The bag limit during the closed season is reduced to zero.

This case will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for review.  The penalties associated with violating the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act will be determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of the General Council.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Bobby Buatt, Senior Agent Buddy Murray and Agent Justin Lowry.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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